Dont Take Bipolar Depression Lightly

By: RHendersen
While the manic phase of Bipolar Disorder is perhaps the most disturbing to those around the sufferer, it is actually the depressive phase of this disorder that is most dangerous to sufferers. During these phases, bleak emotions can even cause some people to become suicidal.

In order to help someone suffering from a depressive episode, it is important to recognize the signs that some suffering a phase of depression may be considering suicide. Along with knowing the signs of suicidal behavior, you should also know who to contact to help this person.

As stated earlier, it is important to recognize the signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Signs of a depressive episode include an enduring sad or empty mood, fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep, and a lack of motivation as well as feelings of guilt, anger and anxiety.

While these symptoms are uncomfortable for the sufferer, they are not necessarily dangerous. It is when these dark feelings brought on by Bipolar Depression give birth to thoughts of suicide they become dangerous.

Signs that someone is suffering or may be contemplating suicide include obvious signals such as the person talking about suicide or wanting to die.

Other signs perhaps known only to the person suffering from the depression include feeling as if they are a burden to family or friends, feeling as if their circumstances will never change or improve, or feeling that nothing they do is of any importance or makes a difference. The person contemplating suicide may turn to alcohol or drugs to help numb their emotional distress.

Another sign the person may be thinking about killing themselves include purposefully putting themselves in situations where they might be killed. Finally, the person may also put their affairs in order, as if they were preparing to die, or write suicide notes about their intentions and their feelings of emptiness.

If you suspect someone you know is considering suicide as the result of a bout of Bipolar Depression, there are some steps you can take to help stop the attempt. If you need immediate help, call the police, 911, or take the person to the nearest emergency room.

Be prepared to tell these people exactly what the problem is, what disorder the person suffers from and what, if any, medications they may be taking. You should also make sure the suicidal person is not left alone. Perhaps most important, be sure the person does not have access to any weapons or large amounts of medications.

Some people take the time to plan their suicide attempt carefully while some may think up their attempt on the spur of the moment. Either way, no suicide attempt should be taken lightly. With proper treatment and medication, the feelings of worthlessness and emptiness that come along can be relieved.

If you are on a doctor prescribed treatment regimen, stay on it. If not, your doctor and therapist can get you started on a plan that will help your life look more promising.
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